Counterfeit Drugs Account For 30% Of Pharmaceutical Market
News: Counterfeit medicines account for about 30% of the pharmaceutical market in parts of Africa, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. The UNODC said that counterfeit anti-malaria drugs, painkillers, antibiotics and even rehydration serum have become a multibillion dollar business in parts of Africa, including Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The phenomenon is spreading and accounts for about 20-25% of the drug market in Côte d'Ivoire, according to Parfait Kouassi, who chaired the National Order of Pharmacists in Côte d'Ivoire from 2005 to 2012. Meanwhile, about 30% of drugs sold in Kenya in 2012 were counterfeit, according to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Kenya. The bulk of these counterfeit and adulterated drugs imported into Nigeria are from China and India, according to Abubakar Jimoh, the spokesperson for Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.